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How good is the 300f4L for Motorsport?

 
colintf
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Apr 23, 2013 10:42 |  #1

I know in an ideal world the 300f2.8 is the one to go for, and I would really like the v2 but by co
comparision how good is the f4 version

I know I will struggle at le mans 24hr and also at the end of the day in September and October

But in reasonable to good light how does it compare for

Focus speed
Sharpness
Quality of colour reproduction

I would be handheld most of the time with a 7d, 5d3 or 1d1v

Etc etc

Is it an idea to pick up a used one or keep saving hard for a v2 f2.8


I wonder how the 300f4 compares to a 70-200f2.8v2 with a 1.4 (latest one) extender on at 280mm? (both of which I already have.

i was thinking 70-200f2.8 on 1 body (5d3) and the 300 on the 7d or 1d1v

but could have a 70-200 on 2 bodies, 1 with the extender)


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Apr 24, 2013 06:33 |  #2

At views??
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Apr 24, 2013 08:14 |  #3

Easy answer - look through the thread here on sample shots from 300mm F4 and then 300mm f2.8 non IS, IS and IS mk II. Why do you think one costs £900 and the rest £4000+. It is a night and day comparison. I can say my 70-200mm F4 was sharp, then got the 70-200 F2.8 L IS mkII and it was sharper and had extra stop, got 300mm F2.8 and that beat them all. I wouldn't waste money on 300mm F4 and 300mm 2.8 iS mkII is crazy money. If you can afford it and it pays back, save for it. If that is a hobby, get a 70-200mm f2.8 IS mkii with an extender. That is just my opinion!


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Apr 24, 2013 11:16 as a reply to  @ Reno_LV's post |  #4

Thanks for your input




  
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Mike ­ Hoyer
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Apr 25, 2013 00:28 as a reply to  @ colintf's post |  #5

Only used one briefly, but it seemed good for motorsport. A friend uses one all the time (for work), and also with a 1.4x extender with no issues.

Back in 2005/2006 I had the Nikon version which I used all of the time with and with out an extender, and that was really quick and sharp, even in those dark autumn afternoons!

The 2.8 is great, but I think you can get away with the 4 if you are using it for outdoor sports.


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Apr 25, 2013 06:07 as a reply to  @ Mike Hoyer's post |  #6

thanks Mike :cool:




  
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Apr 26, 2013 14:24 |  #7

I use a 300mm F4L, some times with 1.4x II. I would have loved a 2.8, but its not justified cost wise with the amount it gets used (its not my job). Depends if you want fixed focal length or a zoom where you can quickly change composition I guess. I've used it for some time in varying motorsport situations, through fences etc, always been happy with it!




  
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Apr 26, 2013 15:02 as a reply to  @ f0xy's post |  #8

thanks for your input :cool:




  
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Apr 30, 2013 04:20 as a reply to  @ colintf's post |  #9

you could always hire

http://www.lenspimp.co​m …non_EF_400mm_28​_L_IS_USM/ (external link)


http://www.lensesforhi​re.co.uk …f28-l-is-ii-usm-275-p.asp (external link)




  
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Apr 30, 2013 06:20 as a reply to  @ 600dinmyhand's post |  #10

I was also looking at the hire options.

I might end up buying the 300f4 and hire the 300f2.8 as and when (Le Mans etc)

My only concern is that I have heard that whites can look purple with the 300f4

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Apr 30, 2013 11:41 as a reply to  @ colintf's post |  #11

Taken with the 300f4


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Apr 30, 2013 11:45 as a reply to  @ PeteBoo's post |  #12

And another couple of shots


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Apr 30, 2013 12:00 as a reply to  @ PeteBoo's post |  #13

great, many thanks for sharing those with me :cool:




  
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Apr 30, 2013 12:20 as a reply to  @ colintf's post |  #14

This shot was taken with 70 - 200f4 with 1.4 extender.


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Apr 30, 2013 12:37 as a reply to  @ PeteBoo's post |  #15

I have used both many times and in my opinion the 300 f/4 is better than a 70-200 2.8 with the 1.4xTC, the 300 f/4 works really well with the 1.4x TC itself. I almost never use the 70-200 with a TC, but I will often use the 300 f/4 with a TC.

The 300 f/4 is fantastic for motor-sport and if you already have a 1.4x TC, then it is even more versatile.

I, like probably everyone considering the 300mm focal length, wanted the f/2.8, but I was looking to buy right around the time of discontinuation of the mark I IS, and introduction of the mark II, and the mark II is just far too costly (to wait and save and be without a 300mm).

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